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Ordinary Girls

Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/29/2019

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Ordinary Girls

A Memoir

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684576593
Digital Download ISBN:9781684576586


A fierce, beautiful, and unflinching memoir from a wildly talented debut author.

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A fierce, beautiful, and unflinching memoir from a wildly talented debut author

While growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, Jaquira Díaz found herself caught between extremes: as her family split apart and her mother battled schizophrenia, she was surrounded by the love of her friends; as she longed for a family and home, she found instead a life upended by violence. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico's history of colonialism, Ordinary Girls vibrates with music and lyricism. Díaz triumphantly maps a way out of despair toward love and hope to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be.


“In her debut memoir, Jaquira Díaz mines her experiences growing up in Puerto Rico and Miami, grappling with traumas both personal and international, and over time converts them into something approaching hope and self-assurance. For years, Díaz has dazzled in shorter formats—stories, essays, etc.—and her entrée into longer lengths is very welcome.” —The Millions (Most Anticipated: The Great Second-Half 2019 Book Preview)

“A dynamic examination of the power of persistence.” —Time (Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019)

“[A] compelling debut. A must-read memoir on vulnerability, courage, and everything in between from a standout writer.” —Library Journal Starred Review

“[A] strong debut . . . gripping . . . Díaz’s empowering book wonderfully portrays the female struggle and the patterns of family dysfunction.” —Publishers Weekly

"This hard-hitting memoir-in-essays adeptly captures how the wounds of youth can remain long into adulthood.The author survived a foulmouthed, chain-smoking mother described as“small but scared of nothing” while trying to avoid becoming her Lothario father, a “keeper of secrets, teller of tales” who gave her—and now readers— the gift of words." — Oprah Magazine 33 Must-Read Books of Fall 2019

Author Bio

Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico. Her work has been published in Rolling Stone, the Guardian, the Fader, and T: The New York Times Style Magazine, and has been included in The Best American Essays 2016. She lives in Miami Beach with her partner, the writer Lars Horn.